Three benefits tutors reap from tutoring

Whether you are a preschool teacher, university professor, yoga instructor or tutor, you teach primarily because you are passionate about your chosen field of study and enjoy imparting your knowledge to educate other people.

Hopefully, you make a living tutoring as you follow your passion.

However, the benefits you reap from tutoring are not confined to money and the joy of teaching.

Here are a few other benefits you may not have considered:

1 You remain a lifelong student

The truth is that if you teach in any capacity, you have to continually develop your core skills, improve your knowledge on the subject matter you teach as well as your teaching skills.

However, when you teach the same class year after year,  your professional development tends to stall and you fall into the mold. You teach the same content in roughly the same way to the same students with just different names.

As tutor, you are forced to continually learn because your students are so varied in age, ability and even subject they need help with. As a tutor you only have a job if you are at the top of your game, therefore you continually improve to remain competitive.

2 You make new connections and improve your life quality

Whether you tutor full or part-time, freelance or as an employee, you meet new people on a steady basis. Most tutors get hired to achieve a specific goal like pass a class, take a test or learn how to sew, therefore most tutoring jobs are relatively short term with the average tutoring job being between 1 and 2 years. What that means is that, especially if you tutor full time, you meet a lot of people from different cultures and backgrounds. These acquaintances aid in your self-development. You become a more personable, approachable and pleasant person to be around, which improves the other relationships in your life leading to a better quality of life for you and those around you.

3 You sharpen your problem-solving skills

You know that a tutor is not just a teacher. Instead, a tutor is also a problem solver. You are hired to solve a problem a student has not been able to solve until you start working with them and the method you use to do so is different for every student.

Each student is a cosmos with a number of moving pieces and the actual teaching is only one of those pieces. You exercise and strengthen your problem-solving skills when you try to figure a simpler way to explain long division to a special ed student, help an ADD student stay focused and organized or deal with a micromanaging parent. These skills accumulate and grow upon each other as time passes and they certainly help you become much better at solving your own problems whenever they crop up in your life as they do.

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